If you have a built a deck for your home in Sterling, VA, you will have to maintain it well to last the test of time. It is not the deck design that determines how much maintenance needs to be done. Rather, the deck material plays the important role of determining the level of maintenance that needs to be done.
Assuming you are using a composite decking material for your deck design in Sterling, VA, you will need to invest less time into maintaining the deck. Composite lumber is a combination of wood, plastic, and binding agents. As a result, the ‘lumber’ created is denser and therefore stronger than wood itself. Another plus side is that because composite lumber is not pure wood, you do not need to sand, paint or stain it. Given that, the material is indeed more expensive than pure wood. If you are going to use the deck for a long time, the lower maintenance costs and time saved could prove to bring in savings over time.
If your whole deck design was built out of pure wood, then more maintenance is necessary. You can buy cleaning chemicals from shops such as Home Depot for your deck. Remember to always protect your eyes with a pair of goggles if necessary. Some of these cleaning agents evaporate quickly and can cause long-term damage to your eyes. Load the cleaning agent into a pressure sprayer and apply the cleaner to the surface of your deck. After you spray the surface of your deck and let it dry, you can sand down any rough areas on the deck for a nice finish. Any nails that have popped out over time are hazardous to your toes. Be sure to hammer them back in.
For the final step in maintaining your deck in Sterling, VA, use a sealer to seal up cracks and crevices. This will help prolong the interval before the next round of maintenance for your deck design. For this job, you can use the same sprayer that you used when applying the cleaning agent to your deck.
Now that the deck is done it is beautiful. We love the workmanship and just being able to sit out in the back of our house with friends and grill out. This company truly has our gold star approval for professionalism and quality of work.
- Sharon J.
The Deck Doctor crew worked clean and made sure all debris was removed upon completion. They even added a "sunburst" pattern to the deck railing at the entrance to give it a more inviting look.
- Scott H.
They began building our deck the same day as the permit was granted, and finished in two days and clean up was spotless. We are delighted by the quality of the materials and workmanship.
- Mr. & Mrs. Peter J